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Windows 10 is coming, and don’t you know it!? If it isn’t in your email inbox (thanks Microsoft), in your news feed, a reminder on Twitter and Facebook or on the news, it’s there, on your desktop.

Microsoft’s popup reminder about Windows 10 is an aggressive marketing campaign Has Microsoft Installed Adware on Your PC to Promote Windows 10? Has Microsoft Installed Adware on Your PC to Promote Windows 10? Windows 10 is coming and Microsoft is going to great lengths to ensure each and every Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 user is fully aware. Is update KB3035583 essentially adware? Read More that has the signs of a malware infection, and while the get Windows 10 message is not a virus Get Windows 10: It's Not a Virus! Get Windows 10: It's Not a Virus! The Get Windows 10 icon in your system tray is not a virus. It's Microsoft's official upgrade note prior to the official release of Windows 10 on July 29th, 2015. Read More it is certainly annoying.

So much so that it inspired one developer to release a tool to remove Windows 10 upgrade notifications.

Why Is Windows 10 Being Pushed So Hard?

Before we take a look at how you can get rid of the Windows 10 notification, let’s take a step back for a moment. Windows 10 is coming, that much we know. But why is Microsoft promoting its future operating system so heavily to its existing users?

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The answer lies in what they expect to gain with Windows 10: a blanket installation of their new operating system and the abandoning of Windows XP Windows XP Refuses To Die, Android Apps Are Everywhere, & More... [Tech News Digest] Windows XP Refuses To Die, Android Apps Are Everywhere, & More... [Tech News Digest] Windows XP clings on, Arc Welder apps incoming, OnLive is now OnDead, killing Kinect for Windows, streaming music through Rithm, and watching how elders react to an emotional video game. Read More (which continues to hang on despite being 12 years old), Vista and 7 in particular, and also Windows 8/8.1. Getting users off Windows XP has proved difficult, but for them to safely upgrade to Windows 10, XP users must first upgrade to Windows 7 Your Best Options for a Windows XP Upgrade to Windows 7 Your Best Options for a Windows XP Upgrade to Windows 7 It's time to let go of the Windows XP and upgrade to a secure operating system. This may be your last chance to upgrade to a relatively familiar Windows 7. We show you how. Read More .

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Many see Windows 10 as Microsoft’s last roll of the dice Windows 10 Is the Last Version of Windows. Ever. Windows 10 Is the Last Version of Windows. Ever. Microsoft is sick of you not upgrading, and has a solution: Windows 10 will be the final "version" of Windows. Ever. This could mean that you will never again have to buy Windows. Read More in desktop computing. Such doom mongering is simply specious, but by setting the stakes so high, the team behind Windows 10 really has to deliver.

So, Microsoft wants you to be aware of Windows 10 so that you’ll upgrade when it is available. They’re so engaged with this that they’ll even subject their own captive audience to adware tactics (and risk a “free U2 album on your iPhone”-style backlash Yes: That U2 Album Means Apple Can Send Data To Your iPhone Yes: That U2 Album Means Apple Can Send Data To Your iPhone U2 is one of the world's biggest rock groups, and their latest album just ended up on your iPhone or iPad for free. Is it a great deal, or a bad precedent? Read More ) to tell you all about it.

The Windows 10 Upgrade Notification

If by some unlikely stroke of luck you haven’t seen the Windows 10 upgrade notification, it first appears as a Windows logo in the system tray. By right clicking it, you can view the Get Windows 10 popup, or Check your upgrade status, but if you continue to ignore it, it will begin popping up automatically.

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Although it isn’t malware, the upgrade notification is introduced to your computer via a download, specifically a Windows update. So if you have Windows Update enabled and haven’t had the Windows 10 upgrade notification yet, you’ve either been lucky so far or you were wise enough to opt out of optional updates!

Three ways of removing the notification have been established. You can hide it, remove the Windows update that added the popup, or use the I Don’t Want Windows 10 v2.0 tool.

How to Hide the Windows 10 Upgrade Notification

Probably the easiest method of managing the GWX (Get Windows 10) notification is to hide it, which you can do by right-clicking in the system tray near the clock, and selecting Customize notification icons. In the resulting screen, find GWX and change the Behaviors setting to Hide icon and notification.

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Click OK when you’re done, and this will hide the Windows 10 icon and end notifications.

Incidentally, it’s also possible to kill the upgrade notification until the next time you restart your PC. Right-click on the taskbar, select Task Manager and identify GWX.exe. Select, then click End Task.

To go nuclear on this, you can also delete it permanently (or at least until Microsoft adds a new update!) by opening C:\Windows\System32\GWX and C:\Windows\SysWOW64\GWX on 64-bit systems and deleting the GWX folder.

Remove a Windows Update, Kill the Upgrade Notification

The notification came via a Windows Update, so why not remove the update?

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Uninstalling a Windows Update is surprisingly easy, as long as you know its name. This update is called KB3035583 so we can use the command line to delete it with a single command. Begin by opening the Command Prompt with Administrator privileges (right-click the Command Prompt icon and select Run as administrator) and enter

WUSA /UNINSTALL /KB:3035583

Follow the on-screen prompts, and when complete type exit to close Command Prompt.

Use “I Don’t Want Windows 10”

Free for users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.x, I Don’t Want Windows 10 removes notifications of the coming upgrade. It doesn’t prevent you from installing the upgrade.

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It works by automatically removing the KB3035583 update from Microsoft, so is in effect a “clean” version of the previous fix. After downloading the I_Dont_Want_Windows_10.zip file, unzip the contents and run I Don’t Want Windows 10.exe. The utility will warn you of a few things (such as it isn’t a Microsoft patch, and that you use it at your own risk) and you’ll need to click I Agree to continue.

With the patch applied, restart Windows to enjoy life without the upgrade notification for Windows 10.

Don’t Disable Windows Update

That’s three ways to remove the Windows 10 upgrade nag screen, each reasonably straightforward to apply. You might be tempted to avoid getting it all by disabling Windows Update, but this is only going to result in useful updates being ignored. Instead, set Windows Update so that you can review updates before installing them.

Do this in Windows 8 by opening Settings > Change PC Settings > Update and recovery > Windows Update > Choose how updates are installed and set Important updates to Download updates but let me choose whether to install them.

In Windows 7, select the same option; the quickest way you can get there is by opening Start > Windows Update, or finding the Windows Update icon in the system tray.

However, don’t overlook the important fact that if you do eventually plan to upgrade to Windows 10, Windows Update How to Upgrade to Windows 10 via Windows Update How to Upgrade to Windows 10 via Windows Update Windows 10 is offered as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. When you're ready to upgrade, you can use Windows Update and keep all your installed programs and settings intact. Read More will be the easiest path, so you will need to keep an eye on these updates.

Do you have any questions about the aggressive Windows 10 upgrade notification in Windows 7 and Windows 8? Use the comments below.

Image Credits: Laptop damaged by axe via Shutterstock

  1. gail easton
    August 11, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    just went through all my windows updates that are pending and finally no windows 10 instaler in among them unless they have created anew one!

  2. Darlene
    June 27, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    I need Help! I can't find the command prompt! Minot so good at a computer so sure could use some help pleaseeeeeeeee!""

    • Tina Sieber
      June 28, 2016 at 6:16 pm

      Press they keyboard shortcut Windows key + R to launch the Run menu, then enter the letters cmd and hit the Enter key on your keyboard to launch the command prompt. Hope this helps.

  3. Stanley Frizzle
    June 27, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    ~Windows is even more agressive, it included windows 10 update in the list of scheduled updates on both my pcs. I had already installed w10 once and tried to revert back to win 7. the process failed half way through and I had to reinstall everything on my pc including win7.

  4. Ray35057
    June 23, 2016 at 5:39 am

    It works great but make sure you look at your next windows updates because it tries to put it back on your computer. I have mine set to let me know when I have updates to be installed so I can catch all of them and I do not install optional updates but that is just me. When it does just right click it and click on HIDE THE UPDATE...ALL GONE...Heck yea

  5. blkrob2k
    June 22, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Works like a charm...thanks!

  6. peter
    June 19, 2016 at 4:37 am

    Thank you. This was a service to humanity!
    Peter

  7. peanutaxis
    June 17, 2016 at 10:25 am

    I tried the "WUSA /UNINSTALL /KB:3035583" thing.

    It doesn't work. It comes up with a box of stuff I don't understand with only one button='OK'
    I click okay. Absolutely nothing happens, even if I restart 3 times.

  8. Nadine
    June 7, 2016 at 10:01 am

    I heard it's better to not get Windows 10 and just now I saw that in ten minutes my PC is going to restart and install it, which is 3 gig or something. I was away from my PC and if it'd been more than then minutes that I was away?! My mom will kill me if such a big thing gets downloaded and it wouldn't even have been my choice, stupid Microsoft! So thank you for the help! :)

  9. IhateWIN10
    June 2, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    The best way to avoid this spam is to stop using MS Windows. Either install linux or get a Mac.

    The MS True Believer Evangelists will find ways to defeat any attempt to stop the spam.

  10. Ric
    May 22, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Great guide, this worked for me...

    I used the command prompt to delete the update as your instruction.

    (right-click the Command Prompt icon and select Run as administrator) and enter

    WUSA /UNINSTALL /KB:3035583

    After that, Windows automatically tried to re-add update KB3035583 so I went into updates and told it to not to install and hide that particular one.

    So far so good! No more nag screen! My laptop is rather long in the tooth and can't handle Win10 regardless of what it says! (I tried and ended up having to do a full re-format/install of Win7 from scratch)

    Thanks! ;)

  11. Pamela Hagedorn
    May 19, 2016 at 9:55 am

    When I found the file C:\Windows\SysWOW64\GWX and tired to delete it, it said I need permission from TrustedInstaller from Microsoft. Where do I get that at?

    • Shelby K
      May 20, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      This has an easy fix.

      1) Right click on the folder you want to delete, click Properties
      2) Click on the Security tab
      3) Click on Advanced (special permission/advanced settings)
      4) Click on the Owner tab
      5) Click Edit (You'll now see that TrustedInstaller is the current owner of the folder)
      6) Click on "Administrators" (assuming you are the admin of your computer)
      7) Click OK (then OK if any pop-ups come up) to go back to Advanced Secrurity Settings
      8) Click OK again to go back to File Properties
      9) Click Edit (edit/change permissions)
      10) Click "Administrators"
      11) Under Permissions for Administrators, click the "Full Control" checkbox
      12) Click OK to go back to Program Files
      (From my experience sometimes it tells you that this action was denied, but regardless I would still be able to delete the file)
      13) Click OK to exit File Properties

      Now you should be able to delete the folder.
      Unfortunately you have to do this every time you want to delete a folder that has TrustedInstaller as the default owner.
      Make sure though task manager that GWX is not actually still running, or else you won't be able to delete it.

      Good luck!

  12. Commenter
    May 1, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    How to Hide the Windows 10 Upgrade Notification -- Doesn't work, as people are complaining. Unless buried after many, many "Load 10 more" comments clicks, the author has not offered a correction. About the author's tech involvement, the author page says, "MakeUseOf's security and Linux editor." I love Linux, but really? A Linux guy giving advice on a Windows OS?

    The first thing I tried before searching the web for a solution was to set the Notifications as the author advises. It only took me one reboot to see that doesn't stay fixed.

    How about correcting the article? And, if the correction is buried deep in the comments section, why not update the article?

    • Christian Cawley
      May 2, 2016 at 8:24 am

      Hi, "Commenter" - thanks for your comment. To answer your points in succession:

      It really doesn't matter what section I'm editor of. As you point out, I'm "MakeUseof's security" editor as well. There isn't an awful lot of security work in Linux. Naturally, I know a lot about Windows too.

      If the solution to this problem has changed, then naturally we'll need to update the article to reflect this, and I've dropped the Windows section editor Tina a line to arrange this. Thanks for bringing this to our attention :)

    • Tina Sieber
      May 2, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      Dear Commenter,

      Thank you for your feeback!

      I can reassure you that Christian Cawley is one of the most knowledgeable Windows authors we have at MakeUseOf. He's a professional journalist who routinely reports on many tech subjects, particularly major operating systems.

      This article was accurate when it was published in June last year. Meanwhile, Windows 10 has been updated to a new version and the methods described here may no longer apply.

      I recommend you to install Never 10 or GWX Control Panel (download EXE file) to get rid of the upgrade notification.

      Or try the other methods recommended in this more recent article (December 2015), which applies to the November Update: How to Block the Aggressive Windows 10 Upgrade on Windows 7 and 8.1

      Hope one of the methods works and sorry if Microsoft continues to push you to upgrade. We think it's annoying, too!

  13. Peter Crispin
    April 29, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    If I wanted windows 10 I would purchase it is so frustrating when you get asked so many times to upgrade.I don't like the features its so confusing to find , use things , its not compatible with many software programmes so I have reverted back to Windows 7 . Anyone know of a long term fix to prevent the notification reinstalling 48 hours after I have uninstalled it .??

  14. Annoyedkitty
    April 23, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    I swear this is annoying. If I wanted windows 10 then I would have clicked a long time ago to have it preordered or whatever. Why can't they come up with a button that says "Do not ask again?" So since I can't get rid of that icon and can only hide it. How long will it be til it stops asking me?

  15. Mieneke Watston
    April 18, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    How did you go back to Windows 7?

  16. Tiago
    April 14, 2016 at 3:10 am

    Hi, I am a former windows 10 user. I did the free upgrade and, to be honest, I did like the features and design, but it was soooo many bugs that I had to revert back to my good ol windows 7 after I lost my patience. I don't know if they fixed the bug and I don't care. I don't wanna go through that again. I'm happy back to windows 7 and I'll stay like this till I can. But it's annoying that they still keep asking me to do the upgrade.

    So, I followed the first option of going to system32 and deleting the folder, but when I do that a window pops up saying I need permission from TrustedInstaller, whatever that is and doesn't allow me to delete the folder. How to by pass that?

    Thank you.

    • just a quest
      April 15, 2016 at 10:43 am

      My thought/experience process was EXACTLY the same as yours. Win10 is an outright disaster and after tweaking it for a few month I also lost patience and gave up.
      The FIRST thing I do when I install a new version of windows is download and run...

      --> GrantAdminFullControl.reg <-- version 3.0 for instance at
      http://download.cnet.com/Grant-Admin-Full-Control/3000-18487_4-76116047.html

      It's a 7z file, so you need to unzip it and then run it. It's safe!

      It will appear in your right click (context) mouse menu. It will allow you to take ownership of anything in your computer in a few seconds. So, just run that on that folder after which you can delete it.

      Good luck

  17. Sue
    April 6, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Agree that this is beyond a joke. I've been struggling with the notifications unwanted Windows Updates, especially the KB3035583 file which I unistalled or hid repeatedly and then found reappearing PRE-TICKED when Checking for Updates, previously among the Optional now always among Important updates. You need to be supervigilant not to reinstall it by mistake. Can't uninstall the GWX folders because I get a message: You require permission from the TrustedInstaller to make changes to this folder. I remember going through the tedious and quote confusing process of changing these permissions before, so I'm back to square one. Seriously thinking of switching to MACs.

    • Christian Cawley
      April 6, 2016 at 9:45 am

      If you're planning to switch, the better option (most affordable and flexible if you decide to go back to Windows) is Linux.

  18. gail
    March 31, 2016 at 10:31 am

    this is getting beyond a joke trying to once again remove the windows 10 thing and it started to try and install 10 as it was also trying to delete the update kb3035583 !!!! ended up having to do a forced shut down to stop it

  19. gail
    March 31, 2016 at 10:12 am

    ok uninstalled the update thing and when i restarted it to finish the uninstall it installed it again, I dont have an option windows says my lap top is ready and able to take windows 10 but the manufacturer says it isnt compatible and they wont be updating drivers etc to make it compatible due to it being built before 2013!

  20. LeahHolmes
    March 28, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Just made an anger fueled comment less than a minute ago, but this freaking computer had the gall to reinstall the update to that causes the pop-ups AS I WAS RESTARTING THE COMPUTER TO UNINSTALL THE SAME UPDATE!!!!! I could have seriously smashed the darned thing, so annoyed right now. Just too much. (pardon my capslock)

    • Christian Cawley
      March 28, 2016 at 5:51 pm

      I'm finding this unintentionally funny, LeahHolmes. Hope you're able to come to terms with W10, it's probably not as bad as you're expecting...

      • Chris
        April 1, 2016 at 1:58 am

        Haha. @LeahHolmes, you SHOULD smash it. Then you would be forced to purchase a new machine with it already instated from factory ;)

  21. LeahHolmes
    March 28, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    I'm a uni student and honestly the new interface for windows 8/10 is just unusable for a professional or working person. I understand that they are trying to make it more with the times and user friendly, but all they've succeeded in doing is creating a desk/laptop that wants to be a tablet but just doesn't have the smarts. They don't even have the decency to make sure that all their products are compatible with Win10 and release the necessary driver updates to make them so. They made Office some expensive add on, created 10 different apps that together can barely do the work of WMP, completely screwed up the interface by scrapping the start menu and don't seem to realize that charging people for the basics and changing too radically was how apple lost the Mac vs PC battle in the first place. They peaked at Win7, Win 8 wasn't horrid, but Win10 (and its accompanying pop-ups) would probably still piss me off if it was the last thing I thought of on my deathbed.

    TL;DR I'm sorry PC, but apparently I'm a Mac person now.

  22. Morten
    March 14, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Thanks. I understand why they want us to move over to windows 10, and it's 100 times better than Windows 8. But still, the use of apps on a computer is something I do not agree with. To much hazzle, to little freedom. Windows 7 is way better.

  23. Dale
    March 13, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Thank You, I did the easy one you recommended, not sure why I didn't think of that myself.

  24. Torque
    March 9, 2016 at 5:24 am

    Tired of this pop up message, I just delete the WUAUCLT.EXE file that is the executable file for this update and no more pop ups, no more "windows 10 upgrade is schedule for xxx", etc.

  25. Gregory
    March 4, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Thank you

  26. Bob
    February 28, 2016 at 3:07 am

    I've been using Windows since 3.1 for Workgoups. Now Linux rules and there are several distributions which have the look and feel of Windows without the Microsoft hooks attached.

  27. Aki12
    February 28, 2016 at 2:10 am

    thanks~

  28. Ulrik S Thomsen
    February 16, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    It is not allowed (for me) to delete the GWX-filen from the WOW64-thingy-folder. But removing the update seems to do the trick. Though now Update recomends som updates, and KB3123862 seems to have some "support" to GWX (seems like another version). I am not going to install this...
    but you don't want to check up on all updates... :(

  29. Maggie
    February 4, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    I tried all of the above. Next day the darn Windows10 pop-up reappeared. I have taken serveral computer programming courses. But this time, frustration was definitely getting the best of me. So I finally realized what if I change my ''Homepage'' when I open Mozilla Firefox. I changed my ''Homepage'' to Google instead of MSN and what do you know...no more darn Windows10 pop-up.
    Finally my frustration with this annoying marketing crap is gone.
    So once you open Mozilla Firefox, go to the top right hand side of your screen, click on the the 3 horizontal lines, choose Options, in the ''General'' tab you will see your home page change your home page to any other website and you will not have that annoying Windows10 pop-up. I closed my computer completely in case, nope I was totally surprised Windows10 pop-up was no more !!! I wasted way too much time on this issue...problem solved :-)

  30. Anon
    February 4, 2016 at 7:37 am

    So far I have seen pro and con arguments for 10, 8, 7, and XP (extra problems) personally one of my favourite operating systems by my mate bill.
    first Ill try to put a little perspective on the matter. I buy software and I feel that like the rotten apple or the brand new porche they belong to me so if i want to modify if with a set of bycicle tyres it is my prerogative and if I am happy with the performance then so be it. and the rotten apple is now a beautiful tree bearing succulent fruit in my back yard. I run a business which requires closed loop software no internet except 1 external company which has access so why would i want 10 on a working system. Having said that I do not like the new OS or the way all software is going on a rental basis. I purchased a new laptop with the assurance that all my software would be transported over to 10 was i naive. 10 and the laplink software are the biggest piece of carp i have come across. so the tiny voice in the wilderness says stick your 10 your rental software, laplink, lightroom, ms office suite where the sun dont shine, and thank you but no thank you. switch to Linux the only piece of software gates has not been able to screw up.

  31. chris allen
    January 29, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    I don't w10, but the upgrade doesn't really work on the compute stick and does annoying things to my customers' monitors. I'm gonna put ubuntu on them later.

  32. BitcoDavid
    January 26, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    The above manual method - removing the update #Kb3035583 - is good advice, but it's only the first step in a process. You will also need to remove the file GWX.exe from your Windows/System32 folder. Also look for the $Windows.~BT folder on your root drive. That folder is automatically downloaded in the background, once the GWX.exe is activated. It's a 2Gb folder that contains the Windows10 Cab files. You may run into a windows error when trying to delete the executable. Windows runs the file as a service at startup. If you do get the error, you will need to either disable it in "Services" and reboot, or use a boot disk. In some cases even after you've done all of the above, the Windows Update app still appears to be downloading W10. You can just ignore that, although it is a bit unnerving. If it lingers, and just really bugs the hell out of you - as it did me, on several machines - you can fix it in the Registry.

  33. Sven Selven
    January 22, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Caution. Windows 10 is the heaviest invade to everybodys privacy, you allow Microsoft to use every component of your device to spy on you unobservable (incl. Cam, Mic, Keyboard-Logger ...) You must be completely insance to use Microsoft 10.

  34. storeman
    January 19, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    I decided to try Windows 10 on my main machine BUT I backed up my system drive before going ahead. The update installed but because my genuine Win7 is the Home Premium version the update to windows 10 didn't include windows media centre and my TV stick wouldn't work with Win10 regardless of whichever software I installed to try and get the TV functionality back. I reverted back to Win 7 but found lots of issues with what was a perfectly good system prior to the update. Eventually re-instated the backup and all was well again.

    The moral - before taking on such a big change, make sure you have an up to date, working backup first.

  35. Mikhael
    January 17, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Here is my little tool that everyone can download and use free of charge.
    http://www.kosher-householder.com/

    I have named it "GWX Bouncer", because it will bounce Windows 10 banner whenever it shows up again you download and run it. Enjoy!

  36. Magnus
    January 6, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Just emailed Microsoft support and got an answer within minutes. Then I woke up.

  37. james condon
    January 5, 2016 at 12:50 am

    windows 10 sucks it screw up my computer cant get none of my old feed back. I need a way to get rid of this shit. so help the people who don't like it to get it off there computer

    • Christian Cawley
      January 5, 2016 at 10:42 am

      How did you get it on? Did you upgrade? If so there are links above or you can do a search on this site to find how to reset the upgrade.

      If you bought the PC with W10 preinstalled, it's a different matter. Let us know.

  38. Earl Seahorse
    January 3, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    I'm going to get rid of all the Microsoft updates since this annoying thing started and then switch the Microsoft updates off FOREVER.
    I've really had enough of these $£%§ bastards.

  39. Phil Hoey
    January 2, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Just as an experiment I took one machine and decided to experiment with the 'free' upgrade. Everything went smoothly until I notice that a lot of icons were grayed out. It seems W10 felt my copy of their OS, for which I had the original install disks, was a pirated copy.
    Bottom line, if you upgrade you machine with a new hard drive, video card, more memory, and such, W10 loads, it will 'discover' these and assume you have tried to upgrade a pirated copy of the previous OS. The machine will work, but with reduced functionality.
    The fix?
    1. Send Microsoft $199 by credit card or pay pal.
    2. Set up an account with Microsoft, which it appears, will monitor how you use you machine, where you go and what you do. Steve Jobs was right with the 'big brother' advertisement.
    3. No security updates will load.

    So what did I do? Paid the $199 but h#ll will freeze over before I upgrade the other machines I have.

    FU Bill.

    • donbrew
      January 18, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      Well that's just stupid.

      I was able to upgrade 6 machines with not-so official win7 on them.

  40. Amy
    December 30, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Thank you for the instruction on disabling the annoying Get Windows 10 Notification!

  41. nemo
    December 29, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    there's propably another, new update that need to be erased And blocked. damn microsoft.

  42. George Wong
    December 28, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    I installed Windows 10 to a computer that came with Windows 8 installed and later upgraded to 8.1. After installation of Windows 10, my computer startup seemed to take several minutes and slowed to a crawl. Fortunately, I was able to uninstall it and go back to 8.1 without any problems.

  43. Kat
    December 23, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    I clicked on the windows 10 update because I was going to update to the new software. I changed my mind and no longer want it. The pop up window keeps coming up asking if I want to update now or schedule an update. How do I get rid of this????

  44. Tracy
    December 22, 2015 at 7:42 am

    I foolishly opted to install the 'free' Windows 10 upgrade on a refurbished Windows 7 machine I'd recently purchased. Everything was fine for a few weeks, then suddenly it wouldn't boot up properly and I couldn't use the option to restore the OS to the previous version. The Microsoft helpline was absolutely no use. In the end I was able to send it back to the vendor for a re-install of Windows 7 for a small fee, which is an OS I'd always felt happy with. Fortunately I'd backed stuff up to an external drive, so didn't lose all our photos, recent work, etc. The Windows 10 notifications are now back with a vengeance, so it was good to find these options to stop the reminders. And yes we still have a Windows XP machine as well, which my son now uses for homework - not everyone can afford to 'upgrade' all the time. I'd say if it ain't broke don't fix it, but Microsoft's attitude seems to be if it ain't broke make sure it is soon.

  45. michal
    December 20, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    I tried all of the above, but still when I check for windows updates I get into a loop - it still shows "Your upgrade to Windows 10 is ready", and click Check for updates it prompts a message saying "Windows update cannot currently check for updates, because you must first restart the computer so that a previous installation can be completed", but when I restart nothing happens... I still get the same messages... Soooooooo frustrating

  46. Bill Moore
    December 19, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Hello,

    While installing Windows 10, you will be tricked into allowing Microsoft (and everyone else) to come into your computer and take a look around, and to upload anything they like.

    Now, if they don't have that permission, they can still do it, but without your permission they are not allowed to use whatever they find against you.

    Its the difference between a burglar breaking into your home and you welcoming the burglar into your home and inviting the burglar to take whatever they want.

    Just My Thoughts,
    Bill Moore

  47. Koco
    December 18, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    This piece of bul.s.it update software (KB303...) screwed my windows7
    so that I would think it's time to upgrade to 10. Menus were blank, ballons
    blank, etc...

    After uninstalling that KB and killing GWX everything works fine.

    F... U M$

    and many thanks to you Christian!

  48. Pac Ducor
    December 18, 2015 at 11:10 am

    This worked to remove it... but for some odd reason 3 months later it auto installed itself back onto my system even after I had completely uninstalled it and followed the steps to prevent it from returning. My take is that microsoft is trying to force everyone to use it so that later they can roll out the real parts of the OS that will screw and annoy everyone 100%

  49. Keith
    December 16, 2015 at 7:47 am

    How do we stop it from popping up every time a browser is opened...even firefox?

  50. Rui Chui
    December 15, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Update KB3035583 is now gone. However, when I did the "Check for Updates", the same update that generates the warning on the icon tray (which is some 750 kB) was suggested - I then right-click and clicked "Hide update". The Windows 10 update is still suggested in the "Windows Update" window, but it is an OPTIONAL update. If one doesn't want to install, one won't have to. However, the optional update is still there in case one wants to install it in the future.

  51. NDAS
    December 11, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    If you have no need of Windows dependant softwares, then get off Windows entirely. And no, OSX / Apple is not better... it is even sneakier.

  52. Rallier
    December 11, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Six months ago I was perfectly happy to see how others got on with Windows 10, and then upgrade my PC once I was satisfied that any initial bugs had been ironed out.

    I was planning to update early next year BUT because of Microsoft's intrusive and aggressive marketing that effectively amounts to SPAMMING, I now have no intention of voluntarily upgrading, and will only reluctantly accept it when (if) I replace the PC.

    I am running Win 8.1 (which I hate) on the PC, but as it was bought with that system pre-installed, and there does not appear to be an easy way to revert to Win 7, that I still have on the laptops and which does everything I want or need.

    If it ain't broke - don't fix it I say.

  53. JayniAurik
    December 10, 2015 at 4:40 am

    So you know. Downloading and not installing windows 10 is a bad idea. A lot of my friends have commented that things started stalling when they did that so they had to go back to the last saved system restore or they had to finish the install. Instead check the check on any updates BEFORE updating or installing so that you have choices on EVERYTHING. I'm not sure when Windows put that lil thing in for windows 10 but if any gets on the computer installed or not it'll start messing with systems. Unfortunately I had to deal with this myself, not believing them and I'm only lucky I did a system restore the day before.

  54. Frustrated
    December 9, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    This would so make me not buy a MS product for next laptop change. This upgrade annoyance pops up 3-4 times within twenty minutes. It's interrupting my work. Somebody who created this nightmare should get rid of it.

  55. Jay
    December 7, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Nice to see this info - I've been looking for some way of doing this for some time. I have tried to follow some of the suggestions made here as I want to remove the update and it's corresponding GWX file, but I got this message when I tried to do so... 'You require permision to to perform this action.
    You require permission from TrustedInstaller to make changes to this folder GWX...'

    So what is this TrustedInstaller - and God knows I get real hacked off to be told what I can and can't do on my own PC!

  56. Alan
    December 6, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  57. jkh
    December 5, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    i initially downloaded the upgrade to Windows 10. i thought it was better....at first. but then my mouse wouldn't work correctly (or actually the mouse pad on my laptop). it would work sometimes so i kept thinking it was a slow connection. until i read about others having the same issues! i was actually able to uninstall and return to my current operating system.

    but the pop ups wont stop! so i tried uninstalling the update, and the icon came right back.
    i decided to find the file in the c drive. when i found it, i tried to delete it and it said "DENIED"... AAAAGH!
    so I turned off the icon and notification. better then nothing. it still REALLY REALLY bothers me, though. this is "I - product" type of stuff.

  58. NICKY
    December 1, 2015 at 11:29 am

    If I have done the Get Windows 10 and have it in my updates ready to install, do you know how to remove tha? I want to stay with Windows 7 for now and it's blocking those updates.

    • Christian Cawley
      December 1, 2015 at 11:48 am
    • NICKY
      December 1, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      Thanks but, as far as I can see, they only show how to remove the notification not the actual update that's ready to be installed?

      • Christian Cawley
        December 1, 2015 at 12:26 pm

        See the section headed: "Reclaim System Drive Space"

        • NICKY
          December 1, 2015 at 2:59 pm

          Thanks but I've bypassed it in Windows Update as follows. By clicking on the link that directed me to check the available updates, I noticed in the upper Left corner of the update listings, Optional & Important. Clicking on Optional, I found the Windows 10 update with the box checked. I unchecked the box and the normal windows update window came up showing only the Windows 7 updates ready to be downloaded and installed. I finally got my Windows 7 updated.

  59. Heartlight
    November 30, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Thanks or the helpful advice, the icon tray notification for GWX as been driving me round the bend with it's constant unwanted reminders to upgrade.

    Now I have uninstalled the update, I was surprised to find that after uninstalling the update, it was instantly back as an update to install, I have opted for the update to be hidden.

    I am hoping this will be a permanent solution.

    Once again thanks for the helpful advice.

  60. Yours truly
    November 29, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    The author states:

    "Although it isn’t malware, the upgrade notification is introduced to your computer via a download...".

    In what sense is this not malware?

    • Christian Cawley
      November 30, 2015 at 12:31 am

      In the sense that it comes from the OS manufacturer and doesn't damage your system.

      Unwelcomeware? Certainly not malicious.

      • Yours Truly
        November 30, 2015 at 2:59 pm

        I submit that software that contains a significant amount of spyware definitely qualifies as malware.

  61. DIY
    November 29, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Thank you. I'd managed to drag the icon so it was out of the way, but your simple instructions to hide the notifications and icon were just what I was looking for. My dad upgraded and has lost his Outlook emails with all his folders of hundreds of emails. I am happy with my Windows 7 and never wanted to upgrade, but his experience showed me he cannot remove it and go back once installed. No thank you Windows!

  62. Andrew G
    November 28, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Oh, just ignore the icon in the system tray, it's slightly annoying but consider this - its better than any 'i' product..............

  63. Andrew G
    November 28, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    I am running Win 7 pro on a workstation and use CAD software among other tech packages. I had a momentary lapse of common sense and thought 'I might experiment with 10 and see how I like the interface'. I am not a fan of 8/8.1 so I was curious about 10 hoping it would be reminiscent of 7(which I have used ever since I could get my hands on it to dump Vista).

    D'OH

    I had to increase the partition on my C, wait for the download and install to work and then played with the format. After a while it killed my wireless dongle and no amount of trying could i get it o work/recognize the USB device. Then after hard-wiring to my HUB (on a different floor) EDGE wouldn't connect to the internet and my former browser wouldn't open. So very quickly I found the 'revert to your previous O/S' option and tried to go back to 7.

    D'OOOOHHH

    After 10 had kicked its way in to my system, and I kicked its arse back out, there must have been a heck of an amount of digital trauma, for example backup couldn't be set up because the option menu from the control panel was blank.......my wifi still didn't work.....etc etc.
    I tried to contact windows tech support via text box chat, they insisted that 10 was great and perfect in every way and that nobody has had problems'............

    My hairy wotsits

    The remedy - drastic but effective. Wipe C, re-install 7 Pro and thank the almighty for the common sense to install two further drives inside that hold my precious (data) and that C is simply a boot for O/S.

    Why is it free to Genuine users of 7/8/8.1? We're the beta testers, if it'd been sorted before launch they'd have charged good money for it. I already paid good money for 7 Pro and Office 2013 Pro, so why do they think i'd want some buggy, half-arsed, not quite finished version? All I can think is that the weed in California of where ever their tech facility is, must have been strong. Cos nobody in their right mind would launch 'the future' in a world where people rely on their tech to work properly and it already does nicely, thank-you very much.

    So when windows 10 works, has no software conflicts, doesn't crash other stuff and becomes the polished product one expects from a giant such as Microsoft, I may be tempted away from 7. Until then, I'll use 7 and guys, put the doob down and get working!!!

  64. Aneliya
    November 28, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    I tried to deleted GWX folder but it said I need permission from TrustedInslaller to do that.
    How can I get this permission?

  65. graham oneill
    November 27, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Buy and Apple System

    • Christian Cawley
      November 27, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      If you'd put your brain in gear before typing, you might have managed to express yourself without grammatical errors.

      Should Windows users assume all Apple users are as ignorant of basic English?

      • Ryan
        November 27, 2015 at 3:06 pm

        Obviously Graham is an idiot. Who goes to Windows 10 removal page and even mentions Apple products? People who lack basic intellect do.

        And yes, absolutely. I thought that was more of a proven stereotype of Apple users.

  66. Billybob
    November 15, 2015 at 6:36 am

    This doesn't work at all. -_-

  67. Dave G
    October 26, 2015 at 7:46 am

    DATE: 10-26-15-

    THIS IS SOOOOOOOOOOOO FRUSTRATING TO ""GO TO TASK MANGR , END PROCESS OF GWX.EXE AND THEN: - Go to Control Panel - Programs and Features - Uninsta]ll an update -
    look for "KB3035583" and “KB2952664” and uninstall them.

    --------------

    AND YET THE STUPID FKING ICON COMES BACK EVERY NOW AND THEN... SO, WTF???
    WHY DOES IT ALWAYS COME BACK?????
    WHAT, DO I NEED TO GET RID OF THE GWX FOLDER AS WELL???
    I HAVE WIN7 IF NEED BE....

    • A.W.P.G.H.O.S.T
      November 26, 2015 at 11:26 am

      After you uninstalled the update and restarted your computer, please go to Windows Update and hide the update so it won't be installed silently again.

  68. Corey Murphy
    October 18, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    well im at a lost it seems that Microsoft has found a way around all that last night i disable process of the GWX, went through the pain of changing the permissions of the GWX folder so i could delete it, hide the windows 10 optional update AND uninstalled the kb3035583 update and lord and behold got up this mourning and right in my system tray was the GWX update every thing was restore (except the kb3035583 update) even the folder was BACK!!! I don't want windows 10 because i use my computer as a development computer and having all those IDE requires me to change environment variables and with all the issues i hear people having with windows 10 I fear I to will have major compatibility issues i know i can just ignore it but with how much Microsoft is pushing this how long before i wake up one mourning and its windows 10 is on my computer and i have to pay for the same services Ive enjoyed for free don't know what I'm talking about i remember a time when every PC came with Microsoft office out of the box for free now your hard press to find the free basic starter pack. my next computer I'm definitely going to Linux

    • Christian Cawley
      October 24, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      Not sure every PC ever came with MS Office free. Having worked in corporate IT since 2000, perhaps the closest to this was copies of Office 97 bundled with *some* consumer PCs.

      There was a time when MS Works came free, which was really useful, but they essentially turned Works into the web based Office Online, the forerunner to Office 365.

      (Which has a free version.)

      • Corey Murphy
        October 24, 2015 at 6:48 pm

        Well maybe not the full version on every computer but my last computer that I bought with Windows 7 atleast had a starter pack of MS office with most of the important features useable (and a few ads nothing you just can't ignore) but my point is how MS is going from Personal Computer to Their Computer that they let us use

  69. Eric Bruce
    October 15, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Hi just found your article while debriefing myself after a mess with a new .net 4.6 issue I ran into, and want to see what you guys think or if this is just coincidence. Started 2 days or so ago when all of a sudden win 7 ult 64 bit sp1 with . Net 4.6 started to fail with errors launching any program that requires 4.0 or above. Started getting the old dreaded "to run this application need to install .net 4.0.30319". The .net 4.6 was still showing as installed but both attempts to uninstall or repair install fail with non descriptive error akin to "something went wrong". All other logs make no mention related to it. After exhaustively searching for what had changed found that last batch of updates in wsus cab2 (?) installed kb3035583 which turns out to be the Windows 10 "important" and "automatic" update to install that pesky harraser that reminds you to reserve or start download of win 10 from ms update. Problem being that it crashed and corrupted the existing .net4.6 while at the same time setting the default minimum allowable .net to what is currently for Win 10 at 4.6 only. So it was both blocking attempts to uninstall or repair the broken .net 4.6. The .net repair tool also fails. Then it Hijacked existing win 7 update so that only option in Win Update is to start downloading win 10 in background. Only option seems to be to totally delete Windows/system32/gwx.exe. Only then can you uninstall that update and only then can you uninstall .net 4.6. I don't know if this tool mentioned here will do all that. As soon as I did that and installed 4.5.2 everything is back to normal working order. I wonder how many people won't go that far or accidentally start the Win 10 download over their working win 7 os. Anyway just the nightmare I just woke up from and word of caution to others. You also need to hide that update if you don't want to "upgrade" to Win 10, because it will immediately try to re-install it as soon as you run Windows Update again.

    • Christian Cawley
      October 24, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      Thanks for sharing your account, Eric!

  70. Chris Van Der
    October 15, 2015 at 7:25 am

    The easiest and most permanent way is locate the GWX folder in Program Files. Open the folder and delete each file - you will need to change permissions from Trusted Installer to Administrator. Two files will give a message that they cannot be deleted because they are being used by another program (System Tray). Skip them, delete all others. Restart the PC, go back to the GWX folder and delete the files you skipped (they are no longer being used by System Tray). Then you will have an empty folder which you can delete.

  71. Johanita Jordaan
    October 7, 2015 at 4:32 am

    Help - I'm trying to delete the C:\Windows\SysWOW64\GWX but it tells me I can't because: You need permission from TrustedInstaller to make changes to this folder. I am the administrator on this pc, I double checked. Why can't I delete this? Help. I run on WIn 8.

  72. Johanita Jordaan
    October 7, 2015 at 4:09 am

    I am certainly not a pro when it comes to computers but I can find my way around a pc. I updated to Win 10 a few months ago and enjoyed the OS more than Win 8, however, much of my software where uninstalled and many of my programs that I had on Disc where no longer compatible with Win 10 with no updated drivers to assist, companies simply said to my to buy software compatible with Win 10 and quite frankly, I just don't have the money to do that. I also lost some really valuable software, so I decided to roll back to Win 8, which is a possibility in a limited time frame... oh what a mistake, I lost even more and my Laptop basically stopped operating. It was such a headache that I had to restore my entire laptop, completely wipe it and start over again like it was the day I bought it. Then reinstalled all my software again and now my laptop is working but these stupid pop ups keep coming up and yip, it's also in my updates.
    I am seriously grateful for all this info and I'll try everything step by step - hope I get it right - to hopefully completely remove this update and it's pop-ups.
    I would have enjoyed Win 10 but unfortunately it is just not worth losing valuable software and it did mess with my OS, my laptop (brand new) has never been the same again after this stupid upgrade, downgrade and reset.

  73. alpend
    September 29, 2015 at 5:43 am

    Impossible to delete the exe files. You need "competence" from TrustedInstaller and how do I get that????

    • Craig Hud Kellett
      October 17, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      You need to take ownership of the folder and give yourself the administrative permissions on the folder and then you can delete it from the system folder and then you can then delete it from the recycle bin.

  74. Jim M.
    September 25, 2015 at 5:58 am

    I'm running Windows 7 and got tired of the constant pop ups to download Windows 10 also. I went to all programs and deleted Windows updates 3035583 and 2952664 and 3921917 then went to Windows updates and clicked on hide updates and it hasn't come back and it's been at least two months now.

  75. Allaiyah Weyn
    September 19, 2015 at 12:38 am

    "Hide it, which you can do by right-clicking in the system tray near the clock, and selecting "customize notification icons.""

    Not an option on Win7.

    Luckily you have several other options listed.

  76. Jes Payton
    August 27, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    thanx

  77. Fattaneh Farzad
    August 20, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Windows 10 is the same useless and slow software like Vista. The fact that they are pushing so hard for you to install it speaks volumes. These tactics are aggressive and do not suit a company, which made a name for itself over so many years.

  78. Joe McDicksmack
    August 19, 2015 at 2:37 am

    Ubuntu.

  79. Click Click Derk
    August 18, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    You also create a backup of your old operating system before the win10 install so if you dont like it you can easily go back. If you do go back then upgrading in the future is no longer free.

  80. Click Click Derk
    August 18, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    I downgraded from win 8 back to win 7 because it sucked so much. Windows 10 so far is the shit. I use triple monitors and the flow of use is so nice. I can now snap windows within my middle screen, sweet. Also if you dont have multiple monitors they give you an option to tab your desk top so it feels like having it. No more of the tile bullshit like in win 8, There is some but u create your own start section so organizing your own way is easy. The search menu is great, when your search it gives you whats on your pc and a section of the web. Also so much faster then windows 8, feels just as fast as win 7 or a little faster. My samsung 850 pro loads so fast that is hard to tell though lol. Of course some stuff is moved around like getting to your control panel but that is a given and takes 2 seconds to figure out and change your old ways. Anyways give it a try before you write a review please because a lot of these comments are totally false and made up.

  81. Rhomis Rhemis
    August 17, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    For now, the only way I'll shift to Windows 10 is if I can get, or burn, Windows 10 from CDs and do a clean install on a different hard drive or partition. Not an upgrade from an earlier version. And that's not going to happen for a long time from now.

  82. C. Dilger
    August 15, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    I just bought a brand new computer from HP, and specifically ordered it from HP.com, rather than purchasing from Best Buy, so that I could get Windows 7 Professional. I tried out Windows 8.1 and HATED it. From what I have seen so far, Windows 10 is still the same ugly monstrosity, just slightly modified.

    Therefore, I was highly IRATE when Microsoft began using my system as a billboard to advertise Windows 10, which I don't want. I first preview all Windows upgrades to make certain they have nothing to do with "prepares your computer for Windows 10" or some such nonsense, and I resent the disguised, so Microsoft has now ruined my trust in updates.

    I uninstalled KB3035583 through the Control Panel's uninstall program. It worked. Thought I was rid of that garbage, so imagine my horror to find, today, yet another billboard about Windows 10 from HP sitting in the lower right corner of the screen! Grrrr! A little research, however, showed me how to nuke this blatant advertising. First, I used the Task Manager to find the name of the program: HPW10UpgradeReminder.exe. (You can "End Process" while you're there.) I used the Windows Explorer to find the file, which was lurking under C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett Packard\HP Support Framework\Resources. It turns out that the program is scheduled to run periodically through the Task Scheduler, and can be disabled as follows:

    1. Type Scheduler in the Start box.
    2. Click on Task Scheduler.
    3. In the lefthand tree, expand the Task Scheduler Library, expand Hewlett Packard, then click on "HP Support Assistant"
    4. In the top center pane, click on the task that begins "HPW10UpgradeReminder" [Note, if you haven't yet seen the popup ad, you may need to wait for it to appear to see the scheduled task.]
    5. Choose "Disable" from the Action menu at the top.
    6. Ta-da!

    I don't know whether it will be magically re-enabled when I restart the computer. I'll let you know the next time I restart.

  83. Jerry Korczak
    August 13, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    thank you... it was pissing me off... 8.1 works find on this.. and we know that window 10 just has more stupid shuz you don't need all built off 95-- 98 and so on ,, looks a little Heavy to me

  84. shivaji bagchi
    August 12, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Unfortunately, the windows 10 upgrade has already downloaded on my system. The thing is I don't want to install it after seeing the problems linked with it. Now, since it is downloaded it keeps giving a notification saying upgrade now or postpone to a later day. I can postpone only to 2 days and have to keep rescheduling every 2 days. Can anyone help? I need this upgrade notice to stop and don't want windows 10 on my system. Any way that I can just delete windows 10 completely from my system? Alternatively, is there a way that I can keep the 3GB downloaded file and not have these upgrade notifications?

  85. Evan Popchock
    August 9, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Is the "I Don't Want Windows 10" application safe? I am planning to use this tool, but don't want to put it on my computer unless I am sure it won't do any harm.

  86. Evan Popchock
    August 3, 2015 at 2:04 am

    If I type this command: WUSA /UNINSTALL /KB:3035583 in command prompt, does it remove everything from my operating system (photos, settings, personal files, etc.) and replace it with a clean factory install OS?

    • Christian Cawley
      August 5, 2015 at 10:18 am

      I don't believe that command will do what you think it will. Rather, it will purge certain updates from your system.

  87. Marlin Schwanke
    July 1, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    I've removed KB3035583 and then hid the update after rebooting and also uninstalled one other update that some sites recommend and the Get Windows 10 nag has reappeared. I've seen this behavior on more than one machine. I've tried to simply hide the system tray icon as well and it reappears after reboot.

    I have two questions for Microsoft:

    How is this not adware?

    Why can't I easily disable this adware?

    • Nicholas Johnson
      July 3, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      It's not adware when a piece of software asks your permission to update itself.

      Run the update. You'll hate it to start with, then you'll get used to it, then you might even start to like it. Computers have to change because threats change. Spend a little time and stay up to date, it's actually quite important.

      • Marlin Schwanke
        July 4, 2015 at 3:52 am

        Try not to be so condescending. I am in the Insider Program and have been running Windows 10 since the first test release, thanks.

        This is not just Windows 7 asking for permission to update itself at all. That goes on monthly and they are security patches and bug fixes for software I already have and I do have an easy way to turn off automatic updates and even tell Windows to quit nagging me about doing so in the Action Center.

        This is Microsoft advertising their new product release plain and simple. It is annoying and there is no easy mechanism to turn it off or remove it.

        • Nicholas Johnson
          August 10, 2015 at 9:19 pm

          Sorry, I didn't mean to be condescending. I hadn't understood that you were using Windows 10 already.

          You must agree that Windows 10 is an update for Windows 7, just like Yosemite is an update for Mavericks. It's not a whole new product. Microsoft can't continue supporting legacy kit forever

      • Silence DoOkay
        August 10, 2015 at 1:04 pm

        "Run the update..you'll get used to it" ....What are you stupid? You do realize that many of us have software that is very expensive and will not ever run on Windows 10? Not all of us use computers as toys.

        • Nicholas Johnson
          August 10, 2015 at 9:22 pm

          No, I'm not stupid, my computer is not a toy, and, no offence but I suspect my kit cost rather more than yours. There really is no need to be rude.

  88. Dwayne Ingram
    June 18, 2015 at 6:08 am

    It kinds of reminds you of the plot in the movie kingsman the secret service

  89. Loyal Barber
    June 17, 2015 at 3:33 am

    Dear Stewart Miller,
    If you have fruit, vegetables, meat, or canned goods from 2001, please throw those out. Your analogies are just as ridiculous as my first sentence.

  90. Stewart Miller
    June 16, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    QUOTE- Paul Burns
    16 June, 2015
    XP was out in 2001 Do the arithmetic ;-)

    My car was produced in 2004 do i need to replace that too just because of its age? it has just over 30,000 miles on the clock, a lot less than some cars 1 or 2 years old.

    Our house was built in 1935, maybe i should knock that down and build a new one because its far older than XP?

    I have coins and notes in my pocket first minted well before 2001, do i need to chuck them away and get new ones?

    In other words what does the release date have anything to do with having to scrap a perfectly fine and working well operating system just because Microsoft have released yet another new version?

    If you follow microsofts lead, then you would have worked your way through from XP to vista, then windows 7, then windows 8 then windows 8.1 now windows 10 and who knows how well windows 10 will work anyway till its out in the open field, it is only then that it gets really tested and trialled and the bugs begin to appear, then you're waiting for windows fix its to come out, at least XP now has all its bugs cleared and works as an operating system should- how its user WANTS it to work and not how Microsoft expect it to work.

    Microsoft seem to think they are the only software and operating system maker in the world and everyone should follow them, well here is some shocking news- they are not.

    I no longer use Internet Explorer as my browser because the latest versions are not compatible with XP, so i use Opera which is a far better browser anyway. I also have Firefox and Chrome as alternatives.

    All my current programs on the computer also work with XP many would not work with Windows 10 so its not just a case of updating an OS in many cases its a case of updating / re- buying a load of your programs too to operate with Windows 10 as well as having to find somewhere to store all my photos while windows 10 clears the hard drive for a clean install, the best way of installing any operating system, and they expect me as a very happy XP user to PAY for that priviledge? Then they wonder why so many people are still using XP and are reluctant to upgrade to windows 10 lol. Makes me wonder if microsoft live in the same real world as most people do.

    • Andy1
      June 17, 2015 at 11:57 pm

      While the advanced age of XP means that MS had sufficient time to work out the majority of technical bugs, the fact that it is no longer supported by MS means that any security holes that hackers discover will not be patched, which puts any XP machines connected to the Internet at high risk. The analogy of the older model cars and houses doesn't apply, unless you are driving/living in a war zone, and your car/home included armor shielding to protect from the incoming daily assault of increasingly sophisticated warheads (i.e. the world of the Internet).

    • Nicholas Johnson
      July 3, 2015 at 5:13 pm

      The other cars are not trying to steal your internet banking details, use your car to launch DDOS attacks against major corporations for the purposes of blackmail, or use your car's exhaust pipe to share child porn.

      This is not fiction, you seriously need to upgrade.

      • Nicholas Johnson
        July 3, 2015 at 5:22 pm

        I would also point out that just because you're not seeing virus warnings does not mean your machine is clean.

        If you have XP, your machine is almost certainy compromised by now. It is probably owned by a hacker, and is now silently using a bit of your bandwidth to do unpleasant and illegal things that you will never know about.

  91. Paul Burns
    June 16, 2015 at 7:13 am

    XP was out in 2001 Do the arithmetic ;-)

  92. Deveril
    June 16, 2015 at 5:54 am

    So if I update from Win7 to Win10 all my installed software and applications are unaffected and will still work okay?

    • Nicholas Johnson
      July 3, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      Not necessarily. Your files should be OK, but your software is not guaranteed to be compatible. You may have to work around some issues and find new ways of doing things.

  93. Charley Rouse
    June 16, 2015 at 3:47 am

    For anyone seeking to do this manually: (and knows what their doing, usual disclaimers apply).

    Task Manager -> End Task : GWX.exe

    Remove Folders: (Cut and paste in a backup folder is best option)

    C:\Windows\system32\GWX

    (and if present)
    C:\Windows\System32\SysWOW64\GWX

    Reboot and pesky Win 10 reminder is gone.

  94. Stewart Miller
    June 16, 2015 at 12:58 am

    If Microsoft REALLY want XP user's to upgrade to Windows 10 then they should offer it free to XP users as they have done to Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 otherwise i'll stick with my Windows XP thanks. Having seen all the problems caused by newer windows OS's - ie Vista, Windows 8 and the almost incessant new operating systems that microsoft roll out almost bi-annually (with Windows 7 already under threat, or so i read at the back end of last year) is it any wonder people are reluctant to put more money into microsofts pockets by upgrading from XP and having to buy Windows 7 just to qualify for Windows 10 free and how many years before Windows 11 is being thrust upon everyone? Windows XP is working fine, its a system i know, its a system i can use without going through a new learning curve and its a system that is safe if you protect your computer correctly with anti virus, anti spyware and firewall etc. There is NO incentive to upgrade and there lies the problem for me anyway as an XP user, just why should i bother? especially if it means all my photo's and files etc will all be written over if not saved elsewhere first?

    • Nicholas Johnson
      July 3, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      Putting a firewall on XP is like putting an armour plated front door on a wooden shack. Running Anti-virus on XP is like installing a bug-zapper and then complaining when wolves eat you alive in the middle of the night.

      There are holes in XP we don't know about. Once a hacker has control over your system he's not going to use a virus that your anti-virus will recognise. Your PC is a vast alien cityscape. The bit you see is the surface of the surface. I could place a piece of custom code in a dark basement where no AntiVirus would ever find it. I could do this via ethernet, via bluetooth, via wifi, via a piece of software you downloaded from the internet and didn't think twice about. I could pass it from your phone to your PC when you run a sync. I could hit you in a coffee shop, on a public wifi network, from a wardrive vehicle, from a memory stick, from a customised wireless keyboard sitting in the next room, from a phone charger masquerading as a plug and play mouse.

      Threats change. Just because you know something well, that does not make it OK. Do you have a keylogger running on your system right now? Are you sure you don't?

  95. Read and Share
    June 15, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Thanks, Christian.

  96. Judy Richardson
    June 15, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Will the upgrade permit a clean install, or force an install over existing files ? Something that windows operating systems have never done well.

    • Nicholas Johnson
      July 3, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      I'm pretty certain it will be fine, but you should keep a backup anyway. Remember a hard drive is just a spinning plate with a needle poised a millimetre above it. Hard drives break often. An offsite backup is safest, try Dropbox, or else get a USB hard drive from Maplin. Better yet, do both.

  97. Read and Share
    June 15, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    I have already reserved my Win 10 -- and now, thanks to this article, I have gotten rid of the annoying Win 10 upgrade task bar notification icon by renaming the .exe files to .OLD so they can't run anymore.

    My question is this: come July, will I get Win 10 automatically -- or do I need to name the files back again so they can run and fetch the upgrade??

    • Christian Cawley
      June 15, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      I don't believe you will need to rename the files. As I understand it, the upgrade is completely seperate.

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